The pantry’s partnership with the North Texas Food Bank allows us to visit local retailers directly to receive food items marked for donation. Referred to as “food rescue”, this invaluable benefit is vital to reducing costs of acquiring food for distributing to clients every week.
We are proud to work with great retailers like Walmart, Kroger and Tom Thumb. Without their generosity, it would cost the pantry far more than $10 to feed a family of 4 for a month. Volunteers use their personal vehicles every week to bring 1000’s of pounds of food to the pantry warehouse for sorting, stocking and distribution.
As the need for food assistance grows in Collin County, so will our needs for increased volume. To facilitate this growth, the pantry is in need of a refrigerated truck with lift gate to work with larger companies such as Sam’s Club or Costco in the retail rescue program.
The truck must be large enough to accommodate 8 pallets in a single trip (16′ truck) and have a lift gate to facilitate loading and unloading. This type of truck can cost anywhere from $30,000 (used) to $80,000 (new). In addition to the cost of acquisition, insurance, maintenance and fuel will be ongoing costs.
Update: The truck has been ordered and is currently being assembled by a local up-fitter. Delivery is estimated for late May or June. Stay tuned for updates and details.
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